Milwaukee Bucks: 3 intriguing players on the roster bubble

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As training camp begins for the Milwaukee Bucks, the biggest questions surrounding the team are Donte DiVincenzo’s health and which players will fill out the back-end of the roster. We’ve received our latest update on DiVincenzo, so now it’s time to put our thinking caps on and figure out which players on the 19-man roster are in danger of being cut in camp.

For the large majority of the Bucks rotation players, their spots are secured. All of the Bucks’ major offseason moves (George Hill, Grayson Allen, Semi Ojeleye, and Rodney Hood) should be safe unless something drastic happens.

From there it’s about looking at the players who will grab the last few spots on the roster and the final two-way contract spot (spoiler: Sandro Mamukelashvili is definitely holding onto the first two-way spot). While these are not big-name players, they’re young and could be worth taking a flier on to see if they can be developed into a rotation player.

The NBA is also keeping most of its two-way player rules from last season regarding how many games a two-way player can play during the regular season, so whoever grabs that last spot can still have a chance to impact the roster and play real minutes. That’s also assuming the Bucks will load manage their core players more this regular season after a grueling championship run followed by a short turnaround in the offseason, so there’s playing time to be had.

3 players on the Milwaukee Bucks roster bubble: Javin DeLaurier

I won’t lie to you ,good people, I originally had Elijah Bryant slotted right here, but, uh, he got waived less than 12 hours after I finished writing the original version of this article. Instead, I’ll go with the recently signed Javin DeLaurier.

It’s not a surprise to anyone reading this that DeLaurier would be on the roster bubble, considering he was signed to a simple camp/Exhibit 10 deal. But he is one of the few big men on the roster, so there’s an opportunity to be had for DeLaurier to impress and earn a chance with the Wisconsin Herd and maybe even snag the final two-way slot.

It would very much be a surprise to most if DeLaurier cracked the Bucks final 17-man roster (including the two-way contracts), but he showed great defensive prowess in the Canadian Elite Basketball League. Although it’s not the best competition, DeLaurier should feel confident after a strong showing there and coming into training camp with the defending champs who wanted to see what he could do.